Thursday, November 06, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Writing Home for Christmas...

Hi, everybody! Today I completely left my comfort zone. I had this idea swirling 'round in my head and it didn't want to go away. All I could think of was 'writing home for Christmas', I guess, I just had to get on with it :-) The outcome is this vintage-inspired collage type card:

I used the following sets: Joyful, VIGNETTE: Christmas Block, Oh, Christmas Tree!, and VIGNETTE: Old Type. The sentiments of the Joyful set with their old typewriter style font gave me the idea.

I started off embossing a piece of cardstock with a notepad pattern on which I then stamped some of the sentiments before tearing a piece off. I stamped and fussy cut the typewriter, created a mask for my Christmas tree, and die-cut the postage shape in preparation for the video.

I then stamped the Christmas tree in olive green and slightly coloured it in a lighter green to give it more body before masking it off, stenciling the stars in pale blue, and stamping the sentiment block in old rose pigment ink. I then highlighted the lines and blended the edges of my embossed notepaper before running it through my Big Shot to create the subtle embossed look. I did this originally after the video was filmed as I found the piece of embossed cardstock too chunky to go with the pastel look and the very detailed typewriter.

TIP! It sometimes is good to take a step back and then look at the project with fresh eyes a few minutes later. Making a cup of tea or coffee is always a good idea.

The postage stamp was very quick to make, simply stamp the small tree into the middle, add a touch of light green before blending the edges with Tea Dye and doodling a border. The sentiment is stamped and the edges blended with red, everything layered as seen and embellished using some punched stars, snowflake, gems and a touch of glitter glue.

Here is my usual craft-along video:

It was a sort of around this time when I realized that the song actually talks about driving home for Christmas. Well, those of us who don't drive, write...

Have a lovely week!

Monika xxx

Stamps Monika used in today's project:

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Joyful is the current set in the STAMPlorations bi-monthly stamp club! Join the club and get this set shipped to you for free wherever you are in the world! Read more about our stamp club here. We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set every 3rd shipment. Subscription price will go up to $25 beginning January 1, 2015 because we'll be adding new perks pretty soon. Sign up between now and December 31 and you'll be locked in at just $21 every two months.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for November. We'll pick a winner of a stamp set and announce it on December 1!


  1. a very stunning Card, love that vintage Feeling!
    Thanks for sharing of all informations about it
    CU hellerlittle

  2. Sometimes it's good to step outside your comfort zone - as in this case! Really cool mix mash of images!

  3. Monika, nice card..the colors give a nostalgic feel to it...or maybe its the type-writer.. I like it!

  4. This is a unique and the vintage feel creation!!! I love the doodling on a postage stamp and combinations of the different stamps!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely video and step by step information!

  5. I love your vin\tage card and that Vignette set, The card looks like you are writing home for Christmas~

  6. Very nice card - thanks for the video and all of your great tips!!

  7. Monika, a gorgeous outside-your-comfort-zone card that certainly conveys 'writing home for Christmas' most wonderfully. You've worked magic with collage...

  8. I love this beautiful vintage collage! You used a wonderful collection of images.

  9. I love the soft colours and natural background. It looks great with all the stamps you used. Thanks for sharing. Ana

  10. Great video and great tips! I enjoyed watching you make this beautiful card.

  11. Great Video Monika and love your Vintage feel on your card...great collage card Monika..

  12. Love your use of so many stamp sets! Love the type writer and type font, brilliant!


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